Journey – Cheyenne Bottoms & Geographic Center

  • 07/18/2017

A Wiley Prayer Journey and Adventure…

This past winter, we were discussing where we wanted to visit on our next journey.

At that time, the election was just around the corner.

During the conversation we wondered where the Geographic Center of the United States was located.

Upon searching the internet, we discovered there was a historical marker near Lebanon, Kansas for the geographic center of the contiguous United States.

The center of the lower 48 states.

This turned out to be about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Cheyenne Bottoms.

Which is the largest wetland in the interior United States.

Where some 32o species of birds frequent Cheyenne Bottoms…including the American White Pelican.

Since we enjoy photographing birds, we knew we wanted to visit Cheyenne Bottoms and Quiver National Wildlife Refuge.

And stop at the Geographical Center as part of a prayer journey…to pray for America.

So the timing and plans came together several months ago.

I know…I am just writing this blog post. It takes me awhile to post process our images.

So we headed to Cheyenne Bottoms first.


We spotted this Great Blue Heron fishing in one of the ponds.


An Armadillo posed for his/her photo.


Trumpeter Swans at Quiver National Wildlife Refuge.

A gentleman told us that they are rare sight at this refuge.  The swans were really beyond the reach of our cameras…so they aren’t in sharp focus…I’ve cropped in so you can at least see they are Trumpeter Swans.


Welcome Sign to the Geographical Center of the Lower 48 States


Limestone Marker


Actual Marker – We stood and prayed for America.




U.S. Center Chapel


Pray America – Inside Chapel


American White Pelicans at Cheyenne Bottoms


This was the first time that I know of that I’ve seen American White Pelicans.

Wished we could have gotten closer but they were enjoying flying and daylight was fading fast.


Flocks of Blackbirds flying, landing, and taking off again.


Each Wildlife Refuge is unique and there are certain times that are best to visit one to see the greatest number and variety of birds.

Researching the Wildlife Refuge websites and Facebook pages will give you an idea of the best time to visit.

After talking with locals at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quiver National Wildlife Refuge; we were probably there 2 weeks early to see more birds.

Our trip may or may not have been perfectly timed though… but to see the Trumpeter Swans and the American White Pelicans was exciting for us.

Hope you enjoyed a look at our Adventure and Prayer Journey!

We enjoy reading your comments.

Till Next Time

Dixie & Doc